Latest Pacers losing streak reaches 7 games

The Pacers' humbling NBA season has sunk to a third lengthy losing streak. Comeback ends in two-point loss at Miami.

The Indiana Pacers’ latest losing streak continues.

Dwyane Wade made two free throws with 6.9 seconds remaining to give the Miami Heat an 89-87 victory over the visiting Pacers Friday night at American Airlines Arena.

C.J. Watson missed a potential game-tying shot at the buzzer.

The Pacers (15-30) have now lost seven consecutive games, their latest skid in a season with three extended funks. They lost six in a row after a season-opening home win against Philadelphia then endured an eight-game losing streak from Nov. 29 to Dec. 13.

Miami (19-24) had a 54-37 halftime lead before the Pacers rallied in the second half. Indiana outscored the Heat 27-21 in the third quarter and 23-14 in the fourth only to fall short.

The Pacers, who were Eastern Conference finalists with the No. 1 seed last season, have dropped to 13th in the 15-team conference.

The close loss is nothing new. The Pacers are 7-15 in games decided by seven points or less. This latest losing streak began with a 93-92 loss on a last-second basket at Philadelphia on Jan. 13.

Indiana then lost 110-101 at home to Minnesota, 98-96 at home to Detroit, 80-71 in overtime at Charlotte, 110-98 at Houston and 110-91 at Atlanta, the latter two days ago.

Heat forward Luol Deng led all scorers with 23 points. Chris Bosh added 19 and Wade had 13 for Miami.

Reserve forward Luis Scola had a team-high 14 points for the Pacers. George Hill and Watson each had 13 and David West 12.

Indiana shot just 41 percent (32-of-78), including 3-of-15 (20 percent) from 3-point range. Miami shot 48 percent (36-of-75), including 4-of-17 (24 percent) from 3-point range.

The Pacers tried to make up the difference at the foul line. Indiana made 20-of-23 free throws to Miami’s 13-of-15.

Both teams committed 18 turnovers.

The Pacers conclude a five-game road trip Sunday at the Orlando Magic (15-31) before returning to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for a five-game homestand.

Phillip B. Wilson can be found on Twitter (@pwilson24), Facebook and Google+.

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